East Sussex County Council – Ringmer & Lewes Bridge division

Labour Party candidate: Belinda Chapman

My Campaign for the East Sussex County Council

I’m your Labour Candidate for the East Sussex Council Council elections on May 4th.

I’ve lived and worked in Lewes, Ringmer and Laughton for many years and I’m very proud of our vibrant community. I now live in the Cliffe area of Lewes.

I’m a member of the Labour Party because I truly believe Socialism means offering kindness and support to my neighbour, to my community, to our planet.

I grew up as part of a working class family and was fortunate enough to benefit from an excellent State Education.I began my working career as a primary school teacher and worked with disabled young people. I was an actor for many years working in repertory theatre across the country and in many BBC Radio plays.                                                              

I care deeply about the Environment, I’m a Trustee of the Railway Land Wildlife Trust and for a time worked a Scottish Croft.

Out campaigning on Cliffe Bridge in Lewes. Mary Poppins eat your heart out.

I’m happily in my sixties and my work now involves supporting local families during times of bereavement. I’ve become a leading expert on the ecological aspects of end of life care and hold workshops across the country in this field.

We are experiencing devastating government-led financial cuts in local essential services. Our county council has the horrendous task of implementing these cuts and they currently do this by increasing our local taxes and by SELLING off OUR COMMUNITY RESOURCES. 

My particular concerns about the so called austerity measures are many and I will honour your vote by putting all my energy and passion into standing up as a County councillor and saying no to the cuts in funding. If we can afford to take part in wars in other countries we can look after those in our community who are in need and protect our beautiful, unique environment.

  • That’s me on the left.. (not my own hair).

    Education – All local schools face an average budget cut of £350 per pupil resulting in loss of staff and facilities. We cannot accept this and must make that clear to central Government

  • Transport – Bus services need radical improvement in terms of reliability and frequency. Many people rely on the buses and the County Council must give more attention to this area
  • Social care – Modern day pressures on our young people are overwhelming, mental health services are not good enough. And after years of paying National Insurance, we all deserve safe, excellent care in our later years. The undermining of Social Care is having a direct, terrible effect on the NHS. We must work with County Councils across England to push back on the Government trying to turn this national issue into a divisive local one.

If elected to the County Council I promise to devote my energy to protect and improve services which are the right of all local people. I value your vote.

Belinda Chapman




Other divisions: Lewes, Chailey, Ouse Valley West & Downs, Newhaven & Bishopstone, Polegate & WatermillSeaford NorthSeaford South.